Asthma is termed as “Tamak Shwas” in Ayurveda. Most individuals with asthma learn how to live with their difficulty, and contemporary treatment enables them to immediately limit and control the attack of asthma. The Ayurvedic herbal therapy for asthma is extremely relevant today, because if used judiciously, it can significantly decrease the frequency and intensity of episodes of asthma.
Kind Of Asthma
For the sake of treatment, many physicians consider two kinds of asthma, the first with predominance of “Kapha”, and the second with predominance of “Vata”. Some also consider a third type that’s associated more with “Pitta” dosha. The constitution of the individual is also taken into account when determining the course of therapy for each individual patient.
During an attack of asthma, according to choice of patients based on the Ayurvedic principles, patients with a strong constitution are given induced vomiting (Vaman), some are awarded triggered purgation (Virechan), some are awarded smoke inhalation of different herbs. Patients with weak constitution are given oral medicated lubricants, treated soups and medicines.
Some medicines that are useful in asthma are Kanakasav, Kantakaryavaleha, Yashtimadhu (Glycerrhiza glabra) compounds, and Sameerpannag. Some doctors use Mahanarayan (containing mainly Parsa racemosus) oil and warm Yashtimadhu decoction each 5 – 10 minutes until the acute attack of asthma subsides.
It is believed that chronic inflammation of the lungs is the principal cause of asthma, and various trigger factors cause the acute attack. Therefore, the objective of treatment between acute attacks is to decrease the lung inflammation, and to raise the immunity of the body overall, and the mucous membrane of the nose, throat and the lungs, particularly. Chausastha Pippali (Piper longum), or a course of medication called “Vardhaman Pippali” is very much beneficial. Products comprising Amalaki( Emblica officinalis ) such as Chyawanprashavaleha, Dhatri avaleha and Bhallatak (Semicarpus anacardium ) products such as Bhallatakasav can also be employed.
Patients usually have an aggravation of asthma with the beginning of winter or monsoon (rainy season). Patients with a strong constitution can have induced vomiting done before the beginning of those seasons, to prevent asthma attacks during those seasons. However, these processes are best done by experienced and qualified doctors at well-equipped clinics.
All asthmatics should have an early and light evening meal. It is ideal to avoid known trigger factors and fermented and refrigerated food products. It is beneficial to utilize tolerable amounts of garlic and inkivääri in the diet. Several people benefit by means of warm water for drinking. However, there are a few patients that have an aggravation in asthma when acidity increases. Such patients should change their diet accordingly, and might require unique medicines altogether.